Our wearables like our smartwatches can track our health in a variety of ways. For example, smartwatches can be used to detect our heart rate, our blood oxygen levels, and act as an ECG monitor. But the holy grail of health features would be a non-invasive method of glucose monitoring, which is something Samsung is working on.
Hon Pak, Chief Medical Officer at Samsung, recently confirmed to Bloomberg that they are working on a way to add glucose monitoring to their wearables. At the moment, the most common way for medical devices to measure glucose levels is to puncture the skin and draw a bit of blood.
This is especially important for people with diabetes to make sure that they are staying within range. However, the drawing of blood might not be a pleasant experience for everyone, so to figure out a way to do so non-invasively while making it readily available on a device like a smartwatch would be groundbreaking.
Samsung isn’t alone in trying to develop non-invasive glucose monitoring technology. There have been rumors claiming that Apple is working on something of their own, but neither the company nor Samsung have managed to bring it to market yet. It is unclear how far along Samsung’s efforts are, so it could be a while before we actually see it.